How Do Parents Influence Child Development

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How do parents influence child development?
Parents play a significant role in influencing their child’s development. Were you ever curious why you act the way you do? Why did you turn out the way you did? There are many factors that affect a child’s development. One being the attachment the child received during infancy, whether the child had a secure or unsecured bond with their parent. The second element is the types of parenting styles used while the child was developing. There are three components: authoritarian, permissive and authoritative. These two factors affect the child’s behavior. Parents influence their child’s development by the nature of attachment given during infancy; parenting styles used thus affecting their behavior.
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(Parent’s Effect on Child Behavior) Parents have different ways of punishing their children; one technique used is physical punishment such as spanking. The biggest problem to this type of punishment is that it could cause the child to behave aggressively. (Child Behavior: What Parents Can Do to Change Their Child's Behavior) According to Dr. William Sears an Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California, “There are different ways in shaping child behavior. As you shape behavior, the child’s personality also follows”. The main ways parents can shape their child’s behavior is through praise. Praise is one of the most influential shapers, children want to please. Melanie Leonard, a mother of two, praise her children in these ways. If they bring home artwork from school, she always tells them how wonderful it is. Verbal praises are beneficial to children because it is one of the ways they know their doing a terrific job. Another way she praises her children is when they do something she approves, she claps her hands. This way parents make child feel good about themselves levitation their self-esteem. Discipline instills a sense of self-control, unlike punishment, discipline aims to stop the unwanted behavior. As a parent the goal is to properly nurture their child into young adults. Positive reinforcement rewards child for good behavior. (Child Discipline & Child Behavior)
Parents play a significant role in child development. The


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